Red Wine Solanera 2018
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This excellent Spanish red wine is a blend made from 70% old-vines Monastrell (aka Mourvèdre) grapes, along with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Garnacha Tintorera (known as Alicante Bouschet outside of Spain), both coming from 20-year-old vines.
The vineyards are located in an area with a harsh, extremely demanding continental climate, with long, cold winters and hot summers with long drought periods.
Harvested by hand in October, after a careful selection the grapes were macerated and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Then, Solanera 2018 was aged in 80% French oak barrels and 20% American oak barrels for 10 months. The wine was not stabilized prior to its bottling.
This is a nuanced Crianza red wine, whose qualities will be greatly enhanced if we decant it 30 minutes before serving.
The red wine Solanera is medium purple with violet tinges.
Mulberries, cranberries and redcurrants, with intringuing hints of wet earth and graphite. This blend of Monastrell, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha Tintorera slowly evolves into notions of moka, cocoa and liquorice over a balsamic background.
Medium-bodied, savoury and very fresh, with some vegetal notes,wild berries, hints of red and white flowers, remembrances of moka and toffe, and a touch of tobacco. Mild acidity and sweet, ripe tannins. This wine of Bodegas Castaño has a medium-long, gently mineral finish .
|Our personal opinion||
Easy to drink, but at the same time rich and complex, Solanera 2018 is a surprisingly subtle Mediterranean red.
Enterwine 92. Parker 92.
Robert Parker called it one of the three absolute "Best Value Wines" in his 2015 ranking. Enterwine 93. Peñín 89.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||10|
|Percentage of variety||Monastrell 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 20%, Garnacha Tintorera 15%.|
|Pairings||Birds, Cow´s cheese, Grilled red meats, Grilled vegitables, Meat and vegitables, Pasta with red sauce and meat, Paté, Rice with meat, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Stews|
|Taste||Fruity and Fresh, Light, easy to drink, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Appetizer, Barbecue, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|